Asphalt Pavement Magazine - May/June 2013 - (Page 16)

Meet the Chairman New NAPA Chairman John Keating Brings a Singular Focus on Market Share By T. Carter Ross F or John Keating, the mission for 2013 is straightforward: To align the asphalt pavement industry as a whole around the goal of building market share. “We have a great product and a great story to tell, along with historical test data and in-place pavement performance data that proves the strengths of asphalt pavements,” Keating said. “We just need a communications plan that serves up that story, data, and message to the customer.” As the 2013 Chairman of the National Asphalt Pavement Association (NAPA), Keating is focusing his energies on that go-tomarket plan and aligning the efforts of NAPA, the state asphalt pavement associations (SAPAs), the Asphalt Pavement Alliance (APA), the National Center for Asphalt Technology (NCAT), and industry members. Keating is President and COO East for Oldcastle Materials Inc., but before that he was part of the family-run P.J. Keating Co., which has been building asphalt pavements in central Massachusetts since 1923. In 1994, when Oldcastle acquired P.J. Keating Co., John Keating joined the Oldcastle management team overseeing operations in Massachusetts and Rhode Island. In 2005, Keating’s role expanded when he became Division President for Oldcastle’s New England Division, and in 2007 he assumed his current position managing companies in Oldcastle’s Northeast, Central, MidAtlantic and Southeast Divisions. Keating is responsible for all Oldcastle Materials companies east The gavel passes from Kurt Bechtohld (right) to the NAPA 2013 Chairman John Keating at NAPA’s 58th Annual Meeting in Scottsdale, Ariz of the Mississippi River, with the exception of those in Mississippi. “Oldcastle is very large, but it’s really a collection of primarily family companies from all over the country,” said Keating. “Coming from a family company environment myself, it’s given me a greater sensitivity to the needs and culture of family-run businesses as they are brought into Oldcastle Materials.” Keating said that Oldcastle has done a good job of managing those sorts of transitions after an acquisition. “We have a very high retention rate of top and middle managers who continue to run their businesses as part of Oldcastle,” he said. 16 • View past issues online at Growing up in Central Massachusetts, Keating learned his way around the asphalt industry by working at the family company. “I grew up in the industry. During college I worked as a QC technician and did estimating on some jobs. I spent time as a laborer on paving jobs and as a groundman and as an operator in batching plants,” said Keating. “All of those experiences gave me the foundation in the mechanics and nuances of what happens when the rubber meets the road.” Those experiences proved invaluable after Keating finished his degree in mechanical engineering at the University of Notre Dame and his MBA at Northeastern University

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Asphalt Pavement Magazine - May/June 2013

Chairman’s Commentary
Industry News
Meet the Chairman
Vancouver Adds Wax From Recycled Plastics to Warm Mix
Building the Country’s Best
Smooth Landings at Austin Executive Airport
2012 Quality in Construction Awards
Industry Events
Index of Advertisers/

Asphalt Pavement Magazine - May/June 2013